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SUBMISSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does submissive mean? 

SUBMISSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective SUBMISSIVE has 2 senses:

1. inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
2. abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant

  Familiarity information: SUBMISSIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBMISSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1submissive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination

Context examples:

submissive servants / a submissive reply / replacing troublemakers with more submissive people

Similar:

dominated; henpecked (harassed by persistent nagging)

abject (showing humiliation or submissiveness)

bowed; bowing (showing an excessively deferential manner)

meek; spiritless (evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant)

cringing; groveling; grovelling; wormlike; wormy (totally submissive)

Also:

subordinate (subject or submissive to authority or the control of another)

humble (marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful)

obedient (dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority)

unassertive (inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence)

Antonym:

domineering (tending to domineer)


Sense 2submissive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant

Synonyms:

slavish; submissive; subservient

Context examples:

slavish devotion to her job ruled her life / a slavish yes-man to the party bosses / she has become submissive and subservient

Similar:

servile (submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior)


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